Be smart and there's
no need to fear coyotes
Re: Oct. 8 article, "Travis Heights neighbors on edge after coyote attacks."
For the residents of Travis Heights concerned about coyotes:
1) They are not going to harm you. They much prefer to avoid humans.
2) If you have small pets, don’t put them out in your yard to potty unless you go out with them. You shouldn’t leave pets outside anyway for many other reasons.
3) If you’re still concerned, higher, solid fencing is an excellent deterrent. So are big dogs.
There are coyotes in my South Lamar neighborhood, and many other parts of Austin. The more we develop, the more encounters we will all have, but there’s no reason to fear these creatures. Just be smart.
Rona Distenfeld, Austin
Puerto Rico residents
need our help too
Re: Oct. 9 commentary, "Indonesia can count on America’s generosity."
Americans of Puerto Rico are still suffering from Hurricane Maria.
Thousands lost lives. Others are still suffering from lack of water, food, electricity , medical supplies and other essentials.
Homes are not livable. These people need help. They are American citizens. Many have left their homeland because of unbearable conditions.
Maybe some churches and/or charitable organizations could be of assistance in helping with their recovery.
Sue Harzke, Elgin
With Kavanaugh result,
Dems whine once more
So once again the Democrats are running around like Chicken Little declaring, "The sky is falling, the sky is falling!" because of the Kavanaugh confirmation.
Last time it was the prediction of doom and gloom if Trump was elected. Then, when elected, it was surely life as know it will cease to exist.
Now, with Kavanaugh's confirmation, it's coat hangers as the symbol of what will happen when Roe v. Wade is overturned. And promises that when the Democrats take over the House and Senate they will reopen a criminal investigation of sexual assault charges maintained by Dr. Ford (but with zero corroboration). Democrats are not only the party of no ideas but the party of whiners par excellence.
Alan Patty, Austin
there for all to see
All politicians are political. That said,Republican hypocrisy was again on full display as they willfully ignored the American Bar Association, legal scholars and most Americans, especially women, and rationalized Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
Multiple polls show most Americans opposed Kavanaugh’s confirmation, and want Mueller’s investigation protected by Congress, better gun control, universal health care, reasonable social programs, better schools, fairness in taxes and voting rights, not gerrymandering. Yet Republicans constantly ignore or vote against all such measures. Why?
The sad truth is the “law and order, moral values” Republican Party of Lincoln, Eisenhower or even George W. has disintegrated into today’s spineless party of rich, white Trump enablers. Meanwhile, most Americans oppose their heartless, corrupt, power-hungry, anti-woman, detached, self-righteous policies. Concerning virtues, fairness and integrity, today’s Republicans just keep reaching new lows, and it is beyond horrifying.
Gary L. Wimmer, Austin